Conventional miscible or near-miscible gas flooding simulation often overestimates oil recovery, mostly because it does not capture a series of physical effects tending to limit interphase compositional exchanges. Those can be for instance microscopic bypassing of oil situated in dead-end pores or blocked by water films, as well as macroscopic bypassing due to sub-grid size heterogeneities or fingering.

We here present a new engineering solution to this problem in the near-miscible case, relying on our in-house research reservoir simulator (IHRRS). The principle is, while using a black-oil or an equation of state description, to dynamically decrease the K-value of heavy components and possibly increase the K-value of light components as the oil saturation reaches the desired residual limit; this enables changing the phase boundaries when needed while preserving the original fluid behavior during the initial production stages.

The benefits of the proposed method are demonstrated on a reservoir conditions tertiary gas injection experiment, performed in our laboratories, for which residual saturations as well as oil phase and individual components production rate have easily and successfully been history matched. Results are then compared to matches obtained using saturation exclusion and α-factors methods. As a proof of concept, suitability of the method to simulate incomplete revaporization of condensate during gas cycling is also illustrated, on the third SPE comparative solution project case.

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